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The Lydia Project
The United Methodist General Conference will be coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference.
We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. That's where you come in!
We are inviting United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. 
Each church is asked to designate a contact person for this project. The contact person will be responsible for coming up with an estimated number of scarves your congregation can commit to making.  The contact person for CUMC is Alicia Van Bockern. Please let her know how many scarves you can commit to making.
Idea patterns are available on the bulletin board near the  restrooms. 
The Missions Team is still collecting items (individual items or complete kits) and cash for School Kits through then end of August. 
One pair blunt scissors - Round tips only, must have metal blade 
One box of 24 crayons  
Three one-subject notebooks - No marble composition books, No 3 or 5-subject notebooks  
One pack of loose-leaf paper - 100-200 page packets are acceptable, Wide or college rule accepted  
One hand-held pencil sharpener - 1-inch or longer  
One ruler - 12 inches or 30 centimeters long, Sturdy or flexible material accepted  
Six unsharpened pencils  
One eraser - Two inches or larger  
One two-gallon re-sealable plastic bag  
$1 for Shipping
Contents of kits or the containers of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols.
Place all items inside of re-sealable bag and seal.